Amazing Idea…Fantastic Find For Our Family and Yours
Nearly a year ago my children notice something new in our area. As the ol’ mini-van puttered down pass the crossroads of our street all three kiddos screamed in unison “Whaaaat! is that?”
First I must give you a little background on my children and how they think. Each and every one of them have a special talent that truly baffles my mind. This special talent is the ability to have the messiest rooms on the planet… no, this is not the special talent… it is their amazing ability to know that if left, the room will stay that way, but if I come in, not to clean it, but to find something I need (say a dictionary that might be on the bottom of papers, notebooks, folders, and other books), take it out of the room, they know that that certain something is MISSING!
I, myself, didn’t even see what they were talking about. I was begged and begged and begged some more to turn around. It seemed that day, even though the process for this new something in our area had been in the works for about a week, had been the big reveal of what is called LITTLE FREE LIBRARY. I had been so totally consumed with the push to get the kids where they needed to be, get the groceries we needed to have, and even get the pets to the much-needed vet appointments, that I didn’t even see the world around me. Is this what they talk about when they say see the trees and not just the forest… “can’t see the trees for the forest.”? Oh, I don’t know.
Anyway, an amazing thing happened that day (week, or maybe month-who knows). The LITTLE FREE LIBRARY was born and is a much-loved part of our world. From that day forward our family has borrowed, given, and returned so many books. Yes, our local library is a treasure indeed, but to be exposed to books in this turnaround fashion is so much fun. It encourages my family to be a part of our neighborhood, adds even more joy to the love of reading and exposes our family to works we might not have known were available. An added bonus to this free library program is the fact that we live in a college town (Go Beavs!). This awesome program gives the residence in our area exposure to works that might generate even higher level thinking… or different ideas than we might have had.
Here is an excerpt from our local newspaper, the Corvallis Gazette Times, about the program:
Little Free Library
Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., developed the Little Free Library program about three years ago as a public way to recognize his mother, a teacher who enjoyed books and encouraged others to read.
He built a box, filled it with books and then created a sign that read “Free Book Exchange.” He put the box on a post outside his house and told neighbors to take a book to read and put another one in the box.
The program has gone international and in Oregon there are libraries in Albany, Corvallis, Portland, Gresham, Eugene, Eagle Creek and Oregon City.
At the Little Free Library website: http://www.littlefreelibrary.org there is information about the project and suggestions about how to build libraries, with kits starting around $100. A number of people have sent in photographs of their libraries.
In return, librarians get a “Little Free Library Take A Book Return A Book” sign to place on their library. They also get a Little Free Library charter number.
Currently, there are about 2,600 libraries.
If we didn’t already have one just down the street I definitely would have placed one here, in front of our house. As mentioned before, we love it! Please follow my kiddos advice and always turn around and see what is exciting and new just down the street or even have one of your very own. Please go to the LITTLE FREE LIBRARY website. I believe you would love to be a part of this fantastic program.
Have fun, families!! Remember to Always Make the Most of Every Moment!